Toyota Corolla Verso

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Toyota Corolla Verso
Toyota Corolla Verso II 20090621 front.JPG
Toyota Corolla Verso (AUR10, Germany)
Overview
ManufacturerToyota
Also calledToyota Corolla Spacio
Production1997–2009
Body and chassis
ClassCompact MPV
Body style5-door estate
Chronology
SuccessorToyota Verso (Corolla Verso)
Toyota Corolla Rumion (Corolla Spacio)
Toyota Passo Sette (Corolla Spacio, Japan)

The Corolla Verso (known as the Corolla Spacio in Japan) is a compact MPV first released by Toyota in January 1997, until production of the third generation ceased in March 2009 and production of its replacement, the Verso, began.

Although the design of the car is based on the Verso's namesake, the Corolla, the Verso does not share a platform with the Corolla, instead being built on a separate unique platform. In Japan, it was exclusive to Toyota Corolla Store dealerships.

First generation (E110; 1997–2001)[edit]

First generation (E110)
Toyota Corolla Spacio 003.JPG
Toyota Corolla Spacio (Japan; pre-facelift)
Overview
Production1997–2001
AssemblyJapan: Kanto Auto Works[1]
Body and chassis
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
Front-engine, four-wheel drive
RelatedToyota Corolla (E110)
Powertrain
Engine1.6 L 4A-FE I4
1.8 L 7A-FE I4
Transmission4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,465 mm (97.0 in)
Length4,185–4,210 mm (164.8–165.7 in)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,620–1,630 mm (63.8–64.2 in)

The first generation, introduced in January 1997, was introduced as a two box minivan which was technically similar to the Avensis. Its body panels were stamped by long time Toyota supplier Kanto Autoworks.

Second generation (E120; 2001–2007)[edit]

Second generation (E120)
Toyota Corolla Verso I front.jpg
Toyota Corolla Verso (Germany; pre-facelift)
Overview
Production2001–2007
AssemblyJapan: Kanto Auto Works[2]
Body and chassis
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
Front-engine, four-wheel-drive
PlatformToyota MC platform
RelatedToyota Corolla (E120)
Powertrain
Engine1.5 L 1NZ-FE I4
1.8 L 1ZZ-FE I4
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,600 mm (102.4 in)
Length4,260–4,275 mm (167.7–168.3 in)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,610–1,620 mm (63.4–63.8 in)
Curb weight1,190–1,320 kg (2,624–2,910 lb)

The second generation Corolla Spacio was released in Japan in May 2001. It entered the European market as the Corolla Verso later in the same year after being shown at the September 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was facelifted in April 2003 for Japanese markets. It was discontinued in Japan in October 2007, and replaced there by the Corolla Rumion.

Third generation (AR10; 2004–2009)[edit]

Third generation (AR10)
2006 Toyota Corolla Verso TR D-4D 2.2 Front.jpg
Toyota Corolla Verso TR (UK; pre-facelift)
Overview
Also calledToyota SportsVan (Denmark)
Toyota Verso (Netherlands)
Production2004–2009
AssemblyTurkey: Sakarya (TMMT)
DesignerElvio D'Aprile
Body and chassis
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformToyota MC platform
RelatedToyota Avensis (T250)
Powertrain
Engine1.6 L 3ZZ-FE I4 (for ZNR10)
1.8 L 1ZZ-FE I4 (for ZNR11)
2.0 L 1AD-FTV I4 turbo diesel (AUR10)
Transmission5-speed manual
CVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,750 mm (108.3 in)
Length4,360 mm (171.7 in)
Width1,770 mm (69.7 in)
Height1,620 mm (63.8 in)

The third generation Corolla Verso was unveiled at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show.

Being internally coded as the AR10 platform (AUR10 with AD engine, ZNR10 with 3ZZ engine, ZNR10 with 1ZZ engine), the third generation of the Corolla Verso was one of the first Toyota vehicles to be designed outside Japan, assembled in Adapazarı, Turkey, and designed at Toyota's European design centre in the south of France.[3]

This generation was primarily aimed at the European market, where it became one of the best selling Compact MPV's.[4]

The third generation was offered with four choices of engines; a 1.6 and a 1.8 litre petrol, a 2.0 or 2.2 litre diesel.[5] The European specification Corolla Verso was available in Europe, Morocco, Kenya and South Africa. It was not sold in Japan at all.

Safety[edit]

Euro NCAP test results
LHD, five door estate (2004)[6]
Test Score Rating
Adult occupant: 35 5 /5 stars
Child occupant: 37 4 /5 stars
Pedestrian: 11 2 /4 stars

The Euro NCAP test showed the Corolla Verso to have slightly higher side protection than the front in a crash.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of KANTO AUTO WORKS". Kanto-aw.co.jp. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  2. ^ "History of KANTO AUTO WORKS". Kanto-aw.co.jp. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  3. ^ "TMMT Corolla Verso". www.toyotatr.com. 22 March 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "Toyota Corolla Verso Facelift Revealed". www.worldcarfans.com. May 2, 2007. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  5. ^ "Toyota Corolla Verso Engine Details". Parkers.co.uk. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  6. ^ "Euro NCAP results for LHD, five door estate". euroncap.com. 2004.